Fruit, Vegetables, and Running

I woke up to pouring rain and wind on Wednesday morning. It was definitely a day for an indoor run!

The dark and rain were made bearable by a mug full of Frida coffee:

Frida coffee mug

And then I headed out to my gym. To keep myself from getting bored, I created a treadmill workout featuring different speeds and inclines.

  • Minutes 1:00-10:00 warm-up at easy pace (6.4 mph)
  • 10-10:30 – sprint (9 mph)
  • 10:30 – 11:30 recover at an easy pace (6.6 mph)
  • 11:30 – 16:00 repeat sprint-recovery intervals 3 times
  • 16:00 – 20:00 run at an easy pace (6.8 mph)
  • 20:00 – 21:00 increase incline to 4 %
  • 21:00 – 22:00 decrease incline to 1%
  • 22:00 – 24:00 increase incline to 3 %
  • 24:00 – 25:00 decrease incline to 1 %
  • 25:00 – 28:00 increase incline to 3 %
  • 28:00 – 29:00 decrease incline to 1 %
  • 29:00 – 31:00 increase incline to 3 %
  • 31:00 – 32:00 decrease incline to 1 %
  • 32:00 – 33:00 increase incline to 4 %
  • 33:00 – 34:00 decrease incline to 1 %
  • 34:00 – 39:00 run at a moderate pace (7 mph)
  • 39:00 – 44:00 increase the speed (7.5 mph)
  • 44:00 – 49:00 run at a moderate pace (7 mph)
  • 49:00 – 54:00 increase the speed (8.5 mph)
  • 54:00 – 60:00 cool-down (6.4 mph)

Pheww! I ran a little over 7 miles and the constant speed/incline changes kept things interesting. Surviving the treadmill tedium isn’t easy, but it can be done!

After a shower (my gym now features Kiehl’s products in the locker room, so fancy-schmancy!), I headed over to Jamba Juice for my $1 steel cut oats. Hooray for coupons!

steelcut oats

And then later in the morning – a cappuccino and a very ripe banana.

banana and cappuccino

Yesterday I received a special delivery from my Mom – a whole crate of fresh fruit (oranges, apples, pears, and grapefruit). It was the perfect gift!

The fruit was individually wrapped.

crate of fruit

Obviously, I had to dig in to my goodies right away. My day was busy, so my “lunch” was eaten in parts.

Course #1: 1/2 grapefruit sprinkled with Truvia

grapefruit

Course #2:  (slightly brown) avocado with sea salt and triscuits

avocado and triscuits

Course #3: lazy girl’s baked apple (I microwaved apple slices with craisins and cinnamon for 1 min, 45 seconds) and a vanilla Chobani greek yogurt.

baked apple greek yogurt

I had a meeting after work, so before I left the office I snacked on a Clif bar and some peppermint tea to hold me over.

clif bar

There were some refreshments at my meeting and I was getting really hungry at this point in the evening, so I snagged a small veggie patty sub. Has anyone ever had one of subway’s veggie patties? I usually opt for the veggie delite, but I was pleasantly surprised by Subway’s  “other” vegetarian option. It had a nice flavor – I thought I detected coriander…

veggie patty

By the time I got home it was after 9pm and I was still a little hungry – an apple and crunchy peanut butter came to my rescue!

apple and pb

After my snack, I embarked on a special baking project – to be revealed tomorrow!

Question: What’s your favorite sandwich? I’m a peanut butter, banana, and honey girl all the way :-)

Finally, take a peek at Matt’s newest Running Shorts article on running barefoot. I’d be all for barefoot running…if only I didn’t run 90% of my miles on the sketchy streets of New York City…

  • Allen

    I haven’t tried Subways veggie sandwiches, but Panera Bread has an awesome mediterranean veggie sandwich.

  • http://www.ChicagoMarathonVal.com MarathonVal

    That’s quite a treadmill workout! I pretty much loathe treadmills, but it’s that time of year when I have to make it my friend again.

    Have a great day!

  • Kayla

    Okay, have you ever put cinnamon on your PBBH sammies?? It gives is just a little something special, and is straight up delicious!!

    Other than your favorite PBBH combo, I love hummus and spinach sammies on 9 grain bread. Holy yumm!!

  • http://amyreinink.com/ Amy Reinink

    My favorite sandwich is a healthier, homemade version of an amazing apple-and-brie sandwich I had at a restaurant in Gainesville, Fla. Two pieces whole-wheat bread; sliced reduced fat brie from Trader Joe’s; a sliced apple or pear; cinnamon. Heat in a panini press. Amazing, cheesy goodness!

  • http://sideofsneakers.wordpress.com rungirlrunn

    I laughed when I saw you warm up at 6.4…I think I would fly off the back of the treadmill! Sounds like quite a workout!

  • http://www.newlywednewlyveg.wordpress.com Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg

    You sure do run fast!! Great job on the workout! Also– I am SUPER jealous that your gym carries Kiehl’s. Tres chic!

    I love those individually wrapped fruits– they look like little presents! :-)

  • Sarah

    My favorite sandwich is not that much different than yours…peanut butter, banana slices with cinnamon and TJ’s pumpkin butter, grilled up in pan to get the bread crispy and the insides warm and smooshy. I think I have a serious problem with the pumpkin butter…may have to stock up for when it gets pulled off the shelves, sniff.

  • Anna

    Thanks for the awesome treadmill workout…I hope to give it a try today! I’m always looking for a way to keep the treadmill more “interesting” when the weather outside is bad!
    PB (or almond butter) and banana is by far the best sandwich, especially when popped in the panini grill for awhile! Or for a little more decadence, grilled banana and Nutella!

  • http://frontyardfoodie.com Diana @ frontyardfoodie

    I have to run on the treadmill alot because of crazy winter weather and I do the same thing with incline, speed and music to get me through!

  • http://cward151.wordpress.com Chelsea @ (Chelsea’s Chew and Run Fun)

    My favorite sandwich is easily peanut butter, honey, and sliced bananas on extra chewy whole wheat bread. It never fails to hit the spot.

    Congrats on both the treadmill run and the sweet delivery from Mom! Those are two things that make a crazy, rainy day like yesterday a heck-of-a-lot easier.

    Also, I’m curious…do you belong to Equinox? I’m a member there, too, and noticed that they started supplying those awesome Keihl’s products. I LOVE THEM.

  • http://foodmakesfunfuel.com Evan Thomas

    I love avocado and turkey sandwiches

  • http://www.soapandchocolate.com Diana (Soap & Chocolate)

    Oooh, I didn’t know Subway had come out with a veggie patty sandwich! That’s kind of fun. I also live over a Subway so I should keep it in mind more often I guess. :)

  • http://www.myhealthypassion.wordpress.com Kelly Bruneman

    My favorite sandwich is definitely a classic old fashioned turkey sandwich with GOOD cheese!!! YUM!

  • http://mealsandmoves.wordpress.com janetha b

    stellar treadmill workout!! im into it.

  • http://www.theactorsdiet.com lynn @ the actors diet

    i would have to say my fave sandwich would probably have Peanut Butter in it too. but an egg and cheese is pretty classic too.

  • http://fancythatfancythis.com/ Ameena

    Peanut butter and jelly is my absolute favorite because apparently I am still 5 years old.

  • http://www.thehealthyeverythingtarian.com holly

    i have been wanting to try the veggie patty too but thought it looked sketch – i take that back! next time i go, i am getting that!

    lots of good snackage today – i love your lazy man’s apple pie. it looks delicious. hope you are enjoying your weekend dear!